There will be a new “Batwoman” in town for season 2 as Warner Bros. plans to introduce a completely new character rather than replace Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane…
There will be a new “Batwoman” protecting Gotham City in season 2.
On the heels of the shocking news that Ruby Rose was leaving the CW series after one season, Warner Bros. and the CW immediately started a search for a replacement. The series had already been renewed for a second season and while Rose’s exit was an unprecedented move, the studio was confident moving forward with another actress taking her place.
Now it appears Rose’s character Kate Kane will not be replaced but rather an entirely new person will take over the lead role in “Batwoman” season 2.
According to EW, a casting notice has been posted with the following details for a character that is expected to play a new Batwoman on the show.
“Ryan Wilder is a female in her mid-late 20s and the complete opposite of Kate Kane. She’s likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. Today, reformed and sober, Ryan lives in van with her plant. A girl who would steal milk from an alley cat and could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly disciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”
The notice also encourages LGBTQ actors to audition. Warner Bros. had already promised whoever replaced Rose would represented the LGBTQ community after Kate Kane was an out lesbian on the show.
This will be a complete twist from the comic books where Kate Kane has always been Batwoman but obviously the studio felt like it was better to go in a different direction entirely rather than just casting a new person to play the role left behind by Rose.
It will certainly be an interesting dynamic considering so much of “Batwoman” was based around Kate Kane and her family including her sister Alice, who was the main villain on the show, as well as her father, who ran an elite security force in Gotham City. Almost everyone else on the series was also connected to Kate Kane as well so it’s going to take a real magic trick to introduce a new character to take over playing Batwoman in season 2.
As of now there’s no word when “Batwoman” will get back into production with filming in Canada and the United States still shut down in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic but season 2 isn’t slated to debut until early 2021.